Thursday, February 9, 2012

State, industry ask judge to lift Steller restrictions

We have a flurry of new filings in the Steller sea lion case.

As you'll recall, federal Judge Timothy Burgess last month upheld commercial fishing restrictions the National Marine Fisheries Service imposed to protect endangered Steller sea lions in the Aleutians.

However, the judge found that NMFS violated environmental law in taking the action.

He invited parties on all sides of the case to file further input on how to proceed.

The state of Alaska and industry groups want Burgess to lift the fishing restrictions while NMFS prepares an extensive environmental study. Read their filing here.

NMFS says the restrictions should stay in place while it does the study, which could take two years.

Well, sounds like we can look forward to another big ruling from Judge Burgess.


Anonymous said...

I propose that their salaries be suspended for two years while we initiate indepth studies on their programs and whether or not they are responsible for unjustly imposing financial hardships for no valid reasons. This action is necessary just to be on the conservative, safe side of the issue.

Anonymous said...

I propose that ALL CORPORATIONS or Individuals that FUND PACS and SUPER-PACS be made UNLAWFUL, as Corruption has been RAMPANT ever since the inception of the 1st Magnusen-Stevens Act...When DRAGGERS were allowed to RAPE CRITICAL NURSERIES for Bering Sea RED KING CRAB Habitat...All the while, Ted Stevens looked the other way, and filled his coffers!....Now that there is NO LIMIT to Corporate Contributions, you can BUY your part of the Bering Sea!....Whoops...That's Already Been Done!...Has there EVER been an Environmental Impact Study before the DRAGGERS ever got to drop their gear?....What's the hurry?

Anonymous said...

I remember a time when comments on this blog were worth reading. Another lost opportunity for a real discussion of the real issues.

Anonymous said...

Ok, lets discuss the ESA then?

The Stellar sea lion, being discussed since 1985, how many years does it take to read the same old story.

“Congress has spoken in the plainest of words, making it abundantly clear that the balance has been struck in favor of affording endangered species the highest of priorities.”
Tennessee Valley Auth. v. Hill
,437 U.S. 153, 194 (1978). Accordingly, in cases involving the ESA, courts “may not use equity’sscales to strike a different balance.”
Sierra Club
, 816 F.2d at 1383 (9th Cir.1987);
see also Marbled Murrelet v. Babbitt
, 83 F.3d 1068, 1073 (9th Cir.1996) (“Congress has determined thatunder the ESA the balance of hardships always tips sharply in favor of endangered or threatenedspecies.”) and
National Wildlife Fed. v. NMFS
, 422 F.3d 782, 793–94 (9th Cir. 2005).

Anonymous said...

The Plainest of words...

Who Owns America?

Chapter 1, Wally Hickel(R)

"How to Become and Endangered Species.

Anonymous said...

So Wally Hickel owns America? WTF?

These posts are getting so obscure--it must be some kind of code I don't understand.

Anonymous said...

And who ran Interior, for Nixon?

Is there any person anywhere in Alaska who can actually read?

Hire the Handicapped, they can't read, write, or even slightly attempt to do their job, but of course that's not unusual at all, known best as the Corruption Capitol of the United States.

CBC short title.

Headquarters Juneau as usual.

Alaska Regional Office
PO Box 21668
Juneau, Alaska 99802-1668